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Old 12-30-2010, 07:53 AM
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Increasing Visibility at Night

I am trying to increase my visibility at night with my 5th gen prelude. So far I have made sure that the headlights are aimed correctly, and I have wetsanded/buffed my headlight housing so that it looks brand new.

In order to increase visibility i believe I have only three choices

1) Get brighter bulbs, a quality bulb such as the Osram Nightbreaker
2) Get a PnP HID kit such as the DDM Tuning one
3) Do a full retrofit

actually there is another

4) Fogs


I need help choosing between 1) and 2), as right now I won't be getting fog lights, and I cannot afford a retrofit at the moment (i believe that is over 400 bucks easily).

I know that many PnP HID kits are not ideal, but some have experienced greater visibility even in stock headlight housings over halogens.

I have noticed that even with stock halogens in the headlight housing there is some glare. So the question is this. Do I go with quality bulbs, or do I go with a PnP HID kit for the greatest visibility. Obviously a retrofit would be ideal, but that is not happening, at least not now.
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Re: Increasing Visibility at Night

Fogs increase your visibility in other ways. Lets say it's foggy and the white light doesn't cut through the fog and glares back instead, fog lights are generally yellow because they're used at a different frequency to cut through the fogginess.

If you just want to add distance when driving at night, go with HID's and just aim them low since you'll be glaring without a retrofit.
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Re: Increasing Visibility at Night

6k hids
once u get use to them cars with halogen bulbs are like driving with out head lights on.

but if u want to try out different things, try the high-ouput halogen bulbs but the HID's i feel are way better
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Re: Increasing Visibility at Night

4500K produces much more useable light than 6000k.
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Re: Increasing Visibility at Night

^ You mean 4300K.

I say get some PIAA bulbs and save till you can get a retrofit done...There's a guy on these forums that does them. I recently sent my lights in to HID Projector Headlight Retrofit for Subaru, Honda, BMW, Scion and More | LightWerkz.net for a complete overhaul. TSX projectors, E46 Shrouds, D2S 35W 4300K HIDs, paint, cleaned lenses.
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^ You mean 4300K.

I say get some PIAA bulbs and save till you can get a retrofit done...There's a guy on these forums that does them. I recently sent my lights in to HID Projector Headlight Retrofit for Subaru, Honda, BMW, Scion and More | LightWerkz.net for a complete overhaul. TSX projectors, E46 Shrouds, D2S 35W 4300K HIDs, paint, cleaned lenses.
You're correct. 4100k and 4300k are OEM spec HID. However, I've never found a PnP vendor which offers those colors. The closest ones I've seen have been 4500k. Just tryin to be simple lol.
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Re: Increasing Visibility at Night

Strap these bad boys on your lude and you should be good!!!

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Re: Increasing Visibility at Night

do a budget build- get hids high and low... and then get a set of fogs...
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Re: Increasing Visibility at Night

i bought a set of 55 watt 10k hid's from ddmtuning about a month ago and they are amazing. i have them pointed way down and i can still see wayyy further than the stock halogen setup. and they were only $47 shipped. i got em in 3 days.
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do a budget build- get hids high and low... and then get a set of fogs...
HID highbeams is the epitome of stupid.

This is assuming you're not using a bixenon projector.
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HID highbeams is the epitome of stupid.

This is assuming you're not using a bixenon projector.
I agree. HID's take a few seconds to ignite and during that period is where the most strain is put on the bulbs/ballasts, so flicking your highs on and off repeatedly would shorten the lives of your lights by a lot.
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You're correct. 4100k and 4300k are OEM spec HID. However, I've never found a PnP vendor which offers those colors. The closest ones I've seen have been 4500k. Just tryin to be simple lol.
Scroll down: Honda Products & Services | LightWerkz.net

They also have their in-house kit. $180. And then there's all the OEM kits; but you gotta ask for these, as they're special order.
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